By definition, a vitamin is an organic compound that any organism requires as a nutrient, in small amounts. There are different types of vitamins, majorly categorized into water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin B and C are water soluble vitamins, while vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble. Normally vitamins are not synthesized in the body, so in most cases they have to be obtained from outer sources. Our diet is the principal source of vitamins, but vitamin pills and supplements are also available. We will take a look at one of the water soluble vitamins, vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 is available via a variety of sources. Multivitamins are the most important medicinal source. Where it can also be obtained as an independent vitamin in supplements, other supplements which contain other types of B complex vitamins also contain vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 supplements are available in capsules which can be consumed orally, tablets which include chewable tablets, and also in liquid forms. A plus side of supplements is that there is not much of a difference in the way it is absorbed, may it be supplements, or via the natural diet. On the negative side, the quick disposal of the vitamin through urine can be seen as a hindrance.
High supplementation of B6 from various different food sources have not been know to cause bad effects on the body. Loss of control of bodily movements can occur due to long term consistent usage of pyridoxine supplements. The intensity of its effects can defer according to the prescribed dosage, and restricting its usage can be effective at times. Other effects of excessive intake include photosensitivity, and symptoms, such as nausea, heartburns etc. Special care needs to be taken by pregnant women. One of the most dangerous effects of an overdose is that along with the mother, even their children can be affected by its bad effects.
Of all the vitamins, vitamin B6 is the most important, as it helps boost the immune system of the body. Due to this, it can help prevent from general infections to fatal diseases like cancer. It is important to maintain fertility, especially in women. All the menopausal problems can be fought with its help. In addition, B6 plays small yet important roles in different chemical reactions. Due to all these important functions, if the body does not get enough of this vitamin, there can be grave consequences.
As important as vitamin B6 is, supplements are necessary in some cases as a total deficiency is not good. But one should take care that an overdose of these supplements does not occur. But there are also a lot of side effects. Contrary to popular belief that it is ok to consume any quantity of vitamin b6 supplements, especially water soluble vitamins, it can turn fatal. Neurological side effects, along with chest pains, and loss of appetite can also occur. In spite of these, the positives overrun the negative aspects, so people happily consume supplements.